Resource Up!

Being a writer is a mix of being social and hiding out. Of soaking up information and retreating into a little cave to nut out books. Today we are easily overwhelmed with courses, articles, blogs, ebooks, content, do-do-do stuff. Here is a list of my top 11 empowering resources for writers. Some have screeds of… Read More

Put 2017 into Focus

How many times have you made New Year’s resolutions that fall off by the 11th of January? (You’ll note that’s today’s date.) Me? It happens every year. I always have the same goals, year in year out. They look like this: go to the gym until i look incredible get 6 books out in the… Read More

10 Simple Tips to Beat Writers’ Procrastination

Note that I’m not calling this “writer’s block” I prefer to label this slack-jawed sensation of dread procrastination. It’s a monster that can pop up at any stage of your writing career. Some days you hop online to check one thing – you swear – yet two hours later you’ve learned how to re-enamel a cast… Read More

The World’s Best Advice for Writers

I’ve read many articles by authors with their advice to aspiring writers… but Hugh Howey’s blog post of this week is the best I’ve read. I make that sweeping claim because he takes you beyond the “inspiration – perspiration” stage – the how-to’s of finding the muse and rolling up your sleeves – way further into… Read More

How a novel gets edited: Developmental Edit 2

Here’s a summary of the book I’m #livenovelediting: PART 1, Ch 1: Sabine, an unemployed Canadian, lives in Paris with an artist boyfriend (Laurent). She’s condescending about his art and buddies, and has somewhat paranoid thoughts about Paris buildings because they seem to look down on her. She’s surly that Laurent’s friend, Jesus, pockets her cigarette lighter… Read More

How a novel gets edited: The Developmental Edit 1

Ah, novels. They hold so much promise, don’t they? The cover and blurb draw us in, we pay a few bucks and dive in…. maybe there’s a table of contents with named chapters, maybe not. Maybe there’s a dedication: “To Billy Boo, faithful cat, damn that car…” it all draws us into a world created… Read More

Do you want to see how a novel gets edited?

It’s September, which is like January because school restarts and goals resurface saying, “Chucandoit!” As you may have noticed, I’m an editor plus an author. I’ve published three of my books this year alongside working with amazing clients around the world to edit or coach them on their books. I edit on an almost-daily basis and wanted to… Read More

Love-Words-Music Interview

Whilst browsing the interwebs a while ago, I read a comment written by Caroline Barron on a New Zealand book review site, so I checked out her blog: http://lovewordsmusic.com where she spills all about what sparks her creativity and what makes her happy. It turns out, selling her top modelling agency six years ago to become… Read More